Senate Set to Vote on Nielsen for DHS Secretary Despite Outstanding Complaint about Potential White House Gifts Law Violation


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate is moving toward a final vote on the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen, the Trump Administration’s nominee for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary. The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint last month urging an investigation into potential ethics violations arising from Nielsen being guided through the confirmation process by a private consultant, Thad Bingel, who represents companies seeking millions in DHS contracts.

Brendan Fischer, director, federal and FEC reform at CLC, released the following statement:

“Nielsen’s pending confirmation makes it even more important that these potential ethics violations be investigated. The unusual arrangement between Nielsen and a consultant representing DHS contractors raises potential conflicts of interest for Nielsen in her role as DHS secretary, and risks undermining the integrity of the contracting process.”

Complaint: CLC called for an investigation on November 13.